Miso

Posted by Eric Hofmann on Monday, April 7, 2014 Under: Health and Fitness blog

Hello again! Today we will be discussing the benefits of, “Miso” a versatile and simple to use, every spoonful of this Japanese seasoning is brimming with flavor and essential nutrients.  In Japan, making miso – a basic cooking ingredient and condiment that’s aged like wine and cheese – is an art. But that doesn’t mean it’s complicated to prepare opr eat. A good alternative to straight sale, miso is a snap to use in soups, sauces, spreads, salad dressings, dips and marinades.

Miso is fermented in soybean paste, or sometimes a rice or barley paste, that is similar in consistency to nut butters. Savory, complex, rich and salty, miso is considered an umami flavor. (Umami is the fifth flavor – after sweet, salty, sour and bitter.) Miso comes in a variety of colors and variations: Red miso has a rich, savory, salty flavor; light yellow miso is less salty with a subtle tartness and smooth texture; and white miso features a more delicate flavor. You see this variety because some misos – in addition to their base of legumes or grains, and the mold, called koji, added to ferment them – can contain brown rice, white rice, barley, wheat, buckwheat or ginger. Miso’s flavors also become more complex over time; “bean paste” may be fermented for months or years. You can find miso – which is sold refrigerated in a plastic or glass jar, a sealed bag, or in bulk – in Japanese and natural food markets and, increasingly, in conventional grocery stores.

One tablespoon of miso provides 2 grams of easy to digest protein and a rich array of probiotic (healthy) bacteria. Miso is also a good source of tryptophan, which helps the body synthesize that protein; manganese, an enzyme activator; zinc, critical to the immune system; and manganese and copper, which are essential for antioxidant functioning and energy production. It’s of particular value for vegetarians because it’s high in vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids (primarily found in animal sources). Miso is high in sodium, though, so don’t go overboard with it seasoning.

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